THIS WEEK’S study in the book of Daniel gives us a window into the polytheistic world of ancient Mesopotamia.
Nebuchadnezzar, the Chaldean king of Babylon, had personal encounters with Yahweh, the God of Israel. He witnessed the power of God as He saved Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. We explain why the giant golden statue was probably an image of Marduk, the chief god of Babylon, and how an archaeologist 150 years ago found what may have been the platform on which the statue stood.
We also note that chapter 4 of Daniel is the only place in the Bible where we find Watchers, angelic beings who carried out the will of God (or rebelled, as in Genesis 6:1-4). This is biblical confirmation that the Watchers were familiar to the pagans of Mesopotamia.
We also discuss the archaeological evidence for the madness of Nebuchadnezzar — a text in the British Museum called BM 34113, translated in 1975, that appears to refer to the king’s illness, and the lack of any records of his acts or decrees for the seven years between 582 and 575 B.C.
Update: The 2019 SkyWatchTV Wars of the Gods Tour of Israel has added a special visit to Qumran, where the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, where Jim Barfield of the Copper Scroll Project will show us some of the sites where he believes some of the most important religious artifacts in history may be buried.
The tour flies from New York City to Tel Aviv Sunday, May 12, 2019, and returns Thursday, May 23. If you want to extend your trip a few days to join us in Jordan, you’d return Monday, May 27, 2019. For more information, log on to LipkinTours.com — but don’t wait!
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